The concertmaster who married the maestro: how they make it work
In a rare feature interview with the Star-Tribune, Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Erin Keefe discusses how she balances her relationship with her husband, music director Osmo Vänskä, and her colleagues in the orchestra. Simple, she says. “I haven’t felt any awkwardness,” Keefe said. “He’s here only 12 weeks a year; I’m here 28 weeks. When we […]
She sang Liu to Callas’s young Turandot
We have reports of the death of Elena Rizzieri, a lovely Italian soprano who sang with Callas in Turandot (1948), with Mario Del Monaco in Mefistofele (1948) and Boheme (1950) and with Renata Tebaldi in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro. She retired in 1966. Elena Rizzieri died in Rome on 17 February. She was 93. h/t: Rudi van […]
New chart: All you need to know about ENO
The theatre monitoring site hawskinthewings.com has correlated the vital statistics of English National Opera over the past decade in an attempts to find the roots of its crisis. What the main chart shows is that 2010 and 2011, the years of greatest artistic adventure, were when the company topped 80 percent at the box-office. Seeing more […]
Bernie Sanders, orchestra conductor
Not quite Haitink, but getting there. photo: AP
Romania mourns a gentle symphonist
The composer Pascal Bentoiu died today, aged 88. He leaves 8 symphonies and a large volume of chamber music.
Death of a composer’s widow
Michael Berkeley reports the death of his mother Freda, widow of Lennox Berkeley. She was 92. An account of her life can be read here. Our sympathies to Michael and the family.
Don’t fly Airberlin. They really hate violins.
The airline has decided to claw back the concession it made for a while, allowing violin and viola players to carry their instruments on board. Now it is back to demanding a full extra fare for small instruments. On 18 February, a Slipped Disc reader emailed Air Berlin with our post on their concession, asking them […]
American musicologists at war over jailhouse professor
The row over Pierpaolo Polzonett’s account of teaching musical analysis in prison has spilled over into a nuclear war over the alleged lily-white state of American musicology. Sample contribution: I recall going every year to the AMS for the last 15 years and generally seeing a sea of white faces with very few people of […]
Dallas ex-concertmaster is Mexico’s new music director
The Mexico City Philharmonic has named Scott Yoo as its next music director. Scott, who filled in as Dallas Symphony assistant concertmaster and associate conductor in 1999-2000, is also music director of Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California.
Katie Wagner names key man in her Bayreuth team
Wolfgang’s favourite daughter Katharina now has sole control of the festival, abetted by her imperious ally Christian Thielemann, who is music director. But there’s still a missing link. Ever since Hans-Dieter Sense handed in his papers last year, there has been no-one to look after the business side of the festival – and that’s becoming […]
Putin’s prize pianist becomes a rinkside accompanist
These are the latest accomplishments of Denis Matsuev, music advisor to the Russian President. Денис Мацуев – олимпийский тапер (Из передачи “Вечерний Ургант”) Posted by Денис Мацуев on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 (Click on the link if video does not pop out)